Your Home and Garden - - Your Makeover -

What ren­o­va­tions did you un­der­take? We spent two weeks be­fore we moved in re­car­pet­ing, re­paint­ing, re­mov­ing a con­ser­va­tory and in­stalling new win­dow dress­ings and light fit­tings through­out. A few months later we added a new kitchen, and an­other few months later we com­pleted new land­scap­ing at the front of the house.

We then painted the ex­te­rior, all in time for our wed­ding – we got mar­ried on the front steps. That set us up for five years, af­ter which we did more ma­jor work like new bath­rooms, re­do­ing the pool fence and deck, ex­ten­sive re­me­dial work on two bal­conies and re­mov­ing an old chim­ney.

What’s your favourite fea­ture of the new space? The rede­vel­op­ment of our rear deck has made the out­door area so much more pleas­ant and us­able. The seated nook out­side by the pool would be our favourite space. It’s gone from a messy corner hous­ing the dog ken­nel and bar­be­cue to the most utilised space out­side. It feels like an out­side lounge – we can sit there in the morn­ing or evening and it’s cosy and pro­tected, and great for en­ter­tain­ing.

How do you keep in­spi­ra­tion alive in your space?

I change the space all the time. It never stays the same for longer than a cou­ple of months. The Zen gar­den in my court­yard catches the morn­ing light, which moves over to the front of the stu­dio in the af­ter­noon, so the con­stant bright light keeps me feel­ing happy and in­spired. The new ad­di­tion of vin­tage dis­play cab­i­nets I bought from Vic­to­rian Gilt have added a touch of old that I was look­ing for.

MAS­TER BED­ROOM/EN­SUITE Auck­land artist Flox is a close friend of Cathy’s. She painted the mu­ral be­side the pool, and this piece in Cathy and Martin’s bed­room. The cou­ple only made the de­ci­sion to make over their en­suite af­ter the guest bath­room was ren­o­vated and it be­came clear that the en­suite could do with some love, too.

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